Our leadership team is dedicated to carrying out the mission and vision of Southwest Schools and have made the commitment to ensure the success of not only the students, but the faculty and staff as well.


Ralph BulterRalph Butler – Principal, Southwest High School


Ralph Butler began his career in education in 1998.  Mr. Butler has served students as a teacher, baseball coach, after-school coordinator, assistant principal and principal intern.  He has held positions in both elementary education and at the high school level, most recently with the Houston Independent School District.  He is committed to empowering students to participate in their own education and encourages them strive for personal excellence.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Southern University followed by a Master of Science degree from Florida’s Barry University.  A native Houstonian, Mr. Butler has been married for 14 years and has elementary age sons.


Albert FernandezAlbert Fernandez – Principal, Southwest Middle School


Albert Fernandez is a 22-year veteran educator and administrator. Mr. Fernandez comes to Southwest Schools from Pearland High School where he spent three years as assistant principal and instructional leader for Special Programs and the ELL department. Prior to Pearland High School, Mr. Fernandez was in the Houston ISD for 19-years where he began his career at Fondren Middle School as a Spanish teacher and department chairperson. After eight years at Fondren, Mr. Fernandez joined Pin Oak Middle School as the Spanish lead teacher during the inaugural year of the campus. At Pin Oak, Mr. Fernandez had an immediate impact on the World Language Magnet Program as he began his administrative career as the initial Magnet coordinator on the campus. Under his leadership and supervision, the Magnet program at Pin Oak expanded the language offerings from two languages to six languages and increased program enrollment from 150 Magnet students to 400 Magnet students. Consequently, Mr. Fernandez was promoted to dean of students and spent the next four years serving as house principal at Pin Oak. Following a very successful ten years at Pin Oak Middle School, Mr. Fernandez continued to serve in the Houston ISD as principal at Bonham Elementary School and as dean of students at Westside High School. Mr. Fernandez believes that every person in our learning community should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. With that philosophy in mind, he devotes himself to establishing a culture that embraces innovative ideas that will directly impact all students – helping them to attain an excellent education, contributing to meaningful and positive change in their lives.